The Theme Of Rdquo In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Chris Anastasio Mrs. Marcia Blodgett English 102 13 October 2009 Essay #1 A major theme of the short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is salvation through faith. What “salvation through faith” means is that anyone can be saved by Jesus if they put their faith in him whole heartedly, and it is demonstrated at the end of the story when the grandmother endeavors to witness about Jesus to The Misfit. She decides to put her faith in Jesus only until she is staring at death. She reaches out to her soon-to-be murderer and tries to let him know that he too can be saved by Jesus even though he has committed so many sins. In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” the grandmother…show more content…
Also, she insists on unnecessarily bringing her cat along for the three day trip though she knows her son Bailey does not like traveling with pets. The grandmother’s badgering takes place in front of the grandchildren and she undermines her son’s role as a parent when she says “’ "The children have been to Florida before…you all ought to take them somewhere else for a change so they would see different parts of the world and be broad. They never have been to east Tennessee’” (O’Connor 186). So after all of this “the next morning the grandmother was the first one in the car, ready to go”, in her Sunday best no less, a clear act of spite because her efforts have not changed her son’s resolve to go to Florida. In his critical essay “Secular Meaning in 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find'” Stanley Renner says “the grandmother is a caricature of the South, but in the way that her every impulse is tainted by instinctive, unconscious egoism, she is also a droll personification of human nature as we have come to understand it in the wake of Darwin and Freud; she is, then, Reality” (Renner). From this it can be ascertained that the grandmother is not the portrait of a good woman, and for those who
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